Victims of blood scandal angry at funding delay

Victims of the NHS blood scandal have reacted with anger and disappointment after the government announced a delay in spending £25m to help those affected.

Steve Sillett, contaminated blood victim, at home.

Prime minister David Cameron apologised in March for the saga that saw thousands of people accidentally infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood and blood products used by the NHS before 1991.

The PM pledged £25m would be allocated to ease transition to a reformed system of support for people who have had to live with the conditions ever since.

Victims and campaigners have waited to discover how that money would be spent, but reacted angrily when Lord Prior, parliamentary under secretary of state in the Department of Health and the former MP for North Norfolk, announced that no decision will be made before Parliament breaks for the summer recess on Tuesday.

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